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Kay apologizes after Frazier tweets response

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CHICAGO -- Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier and YES Network's Michael Kay engaged in a back-and-forth on social media that began with Kay questioning Frazier's absence from the team on the radio and ended with the announcer apologizing, first on Twitter and then by phone.

Manager Aaron Boone said before Tuesday's game with the White Sox that the Yankees announcer and outfielder spoke on the phone earlier in the day to smooth things over.

CHICAGO -- Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier and YES Network's Michael Kay engaged in a back-and-forth on social media that began with Kay questioning Frazier's absence from the team on the radio and ended with the announcer apologizing, first on Twitter and then by phone.

Manager Aaron Boone said before Tuesday's game with the White Sox that the Yankees announcer and outfielder spoke on the phone earlier in the day to smooth things over.

"Michael and Clint spoke this morning, apparently had a good conversation, and I look at it as water under the bridge," Boone said.

The incident began Monday afternoon, when Kay was discussing the Yankees' recent skid -- in which the team dropped nine of its last 16 games, including a four-game sweep at the hands of the Red Sox -- on his radio show.

"I thought [Giancarlo] Stanton did OK during the weekend, and all that," Kay said. "But when you're playing Luke Voit and Shane Robinson in important games, shame on the Yankees for not having the depth. Shame on guys like Jacoby Ellsbury for not getting healthy. Shame on Clint Frazier for not getting healthy. Again, you can't make them get healthy, but if those guys are available, it's a completely different animal."

Frazier sustained a concussion during Spring Training, and he suffered another setback when he dove for a fly ball for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in late July and injured his head. The 23-year-old has been dealing with migraine symptoms since.

"Facetious or not, I don't appreciate what you said today," Frazier tweeted. "I'm doing everything I can to get healthy so I can play symptom free ... So steer clear of publicly calling me out for not when we haven't even had one convo about my concussion this year. #ShameOnYouBro"

Tweet from @clintfrazier: .@RealMichaelKay facetious or not, I don���t appreciate what you said today. i���m doing everything I can to get healthy so I can play symptom free ... so steer clear of publicly calling me out for not when we haven���t even had one convo about my concussion this year. #ShameOnYouBro

In an attempt to clear the air, Kay responded to Frazier on Tuesday morning with the following tweet:

"The next time I make light of someone's injury will be the first time. I should have said how unfortunate you and Ellsbury's injuries are. It came out in a clumsy way. If you took it the wrong way, I apologize and look forward to speaking with you personally."

Tweet from @RealMichaelKay: The next time I make light of someone's injury will be the first time. I should have said how unfortunate you and Ellsbury's injuries are. It came out in a clumsy way. If you took it the wrong way, I apologize and look forward to speaking with you personally. https://t.co/g4a0P0UYmh

Boone said while he's not a fan of players reacting to things on social media, he understands teams shouldn't try to stop them from speaking their minds.

"I don't necessarily love that part of it, but you know, we also don't want to stifle what our guys want to make a comment on, or have a thought," Boone said. "We're not going to get in the way of that. But yeah, I think that stuff could be handled a little bit differently."

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier